JFK

  • John Fitzgerald Jack Kennedy

    John Fitzgerald Jack Kennedy
    Born in Brookline, Massachusetts, U.S.
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    JFK TIMELINE

  • Ensigns The U.S. Navy

    Ensigns The U.S. Navy
    At age 24, he is sworn in as an ensign in the U.S. Navy
  • PT-109

    Given command of PT-109 as a lieutenant.
  • JFK to the rescue!!!

    While on active duty in Blackett Strait, North Solomon Islands in the Pacific, PT-109 is sunk by the Japanese. Kennedy performed heroically in rescuing his crew.
  • JFK FOR NAVY & MARINE CORP

    Awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Medal and Purple Heart for his actions while in command of PT-109
  • JFK AS LIEUTENANT

    JFK AS LIEUTENANT
    Honorably discharged from the Navy with the full rank of lieutenant.
  • 11TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICK

    Elected as a U.S. representative for the 11th Congressional District in Boston at age 29. He is re-elected in 1948 and 1950.
  • SENATOR IN MASSAVHUSETS

    Elected as senator from Massachusetts and re-elected in 1958
  • SECRETARY WORK

    Evelyn Lincoln starts work as Kennedy's personal secretary.
  • MARRIGE

    MARRIGE
    Jfk Marries Jacqueline Lee Bouvier in Newport, R.I. She is the daughter of John Vernon Bouvier III and Janet Lee Bouvier.
  • SURGERY

    JFK recives a surgery for a back injury he received during the PT-109 incident.
  • THE RETURN OF THE SURGERY

    Undergoes a second back operation during which he almost dies. During his recovery, he writes Profiles in Courage, which won a Pulitzer Prize for biography in 1957.
  • LOST

    JFK LOSESS THE DEORCACI NOMINATION FOR VICE PRESIDENT
  • Caroline Bouvier Kennedy

    Caroline Bouvier Kennedy is born at Cornell Medical Center, New York
  • Candidanci

    Announces his candidacy for president of the United States.
  • DEMOCRACI DENOMINATION

    Receives the Democratic nomination for president.
  • KENNEDY: 35TH PRE. OF U.S.

    Defeats Richard M. Nixon to become the 35th president of the United States. Kennedy wins by a margin of 2/10 of 1 percent with 49.75 percent of the votes. Nixon receives 49.55 percent.
  • JFK'S SPEECH AFTER BEING ELECTED SPEECH

    JFK'S SPEECH AFTER BEING ELECTED SPEECH
    At age 43, takes the oath of office to become the 35th president of the United States. He is the youngest elected president and the first president to be Roman Catholic. In his inaugural speech, Kennedy speaks these words: "And so, my fellow Americans ... ask not what your country can do for you ... ask what you can do for your country. My fellow citizens of the world ... ask not what America will do for you, but what together we can do for the freedom of man."
  • PEACE CORP

    Signs a bill creating the Peace Corps
  • The Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba.

    Kennedy supports the invasion to oust that country's Communist leader, Fidel Castro, but the invasion fails. Kennedy is heavily criticized.
  • Delivers a speech at Rice University

    Pledging that the United States will put a man on the moon "before the end of this decade." Seven years later, on July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong walks on the moon.
  • U.S. intelligence discovers that the Russians are building missile sites in Cuba

    thus beginning the Cuban Missile Crisis. Kennedy orders a naval and air quarantine on all shipments of weapons to Cuba. Armed conflict seems imminent; however, the Soviets retreat and promise not to set up the missiles. The United States agrees not to attack Cuba.
  • VISIT TO GERMANY

    During a visit to Germany, Kennedy speaks to an enormous crowd at Schoneberger Rathaus in the Rudolph Wilde Platz on June 26. Kennedy's stirring words on freedom excite the crowd: "All free men, wherever they may live, are citizens of Berlin and therefore, as a free man, I take pride in the words "Ich bin ein Berliner.' "
  • VISIT TO IRLAND

    Visits Ireland and delivers a speech to the Irish Parliament in Dublin.
  • Signs the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty in Washington, D.C.

    "with our courage and understanding enlarged by this achievement, let us press onward in quest of man's essential desire for peace."
  • VISIT TO F.L

    Visits the family home in Palm Beach
  • VISITS CAPE CANAVERAL F.L

    Visits Cape Canaveral. Ten days after his visit, the cape was renamed Cape Kennedy. Today it is known as the Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral.
  • BACK TO PALM BEACH

    He is scheduled to visit Tampa, Miami and several cities in Texas in the coming week.
  • MacDill Air Force Base, Tampa

    Arrives at MacDill Air Force Base, Tampa. His first stop is Al Lopez Field, where he delivers a speech. He then travels to the State Chamber of Commerce meeting and delivers another speech at a meeting at the Fort Homer Hesterly Armory. Then he flies to Miami to speak at a Democratic rally at the airport and at the Inter-American Press Association in Miami Beach. He returns to Washington late in the evening.
  • PRESIDENTIAL STATEMENT

    Sends a presidential statement to be read at the Centennial Ceremony in Gettysburg National Military Park, where Abraham Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address.
  • Transmits to Congress an annual report on the United Nations

    Kennedy discusses the prospect of a single global commercial space communications system. He transmits to Congress an annual report on the United Nations. He signs a bill authorizing medals commemorating the founding of the International Ladies Garment Workers Union (his last bill). That evening Mr. and Mrs. Kennedy host a cocktail party at the White House
  • TOUR IN TEXAS

    Kennedy begins his tour of Texas. His destinations are San Antonio, Houston, Fort Worth, Dallas and Austin.
  • REST IN PEACE JOHN FITZGERALD "JACK" KENNEDY

    REST IN PEACE JOHN FITZGERALD "JACK" KENNEDY
    John Fitzgerald Kennedy is shot at 12:30 p.m. while riding in an open-top limousine in a motorcade through downtown Dallas. He is pronounced dead at 1 p.m. at Parkland Memorial Hospital. Eighty minutes after the assassination, Lee Harvey Oswald is arrested. Later Oswald is charged with murder.
  • OSWALD

    Jack Ruby fatally shoots Lee Harvey Oswald.
  • J.F.K IS BURRIED

    J.F.K IS BURRIED
    John Fitzgerald Kennedy is buried in Arlington National Cemetery with his son Patrick and his daughter Arabella.